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Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Gary Mc Clain

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McLain was a highly recruited point guard while at Methuen High School. His high school coach Bill Donlon was his legal guardian. He was recruited by several college programs and chose to attend Villanova and was a part of the Villanova Wildcats‘s 1981 heralded recruiting class that also featured Ed Pinckney and Dwayne McClain, which the three had collective nickname of “The Expansion Crew”. His basketball career lasted from 1981–1985 and played point guard. McLain graduated with a degree in Communication Arts.

McLain was starting point guard in the 1985 squad which defeated Georgetown University, 66-64 to win to the NCAA title over the heavily favored Hoyas. This game is widely considered as one of the greatest NCAA tournament upsets of all time. This game is featured in the book The Perfect Game by Frank Fitzpatrick.

Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday spotlights…Gary McClain.



  1. Last night’s game was unbelievable and the end itself was thrilling . Exactly what the college game needed for a fitting end to their season. Great win for Villanova .

  2. I don’t know if that will be the case concerning the Women’s title game will be as exciting or as riveting . The U Conn Huskies are far too powerful and have been for almost two years as well as having the best player in the women’s game with Breanna Stewart. Nothing else needs to be said other than Geno Auriemma will win his eleventh national title .

    • bklynboy59 says:

      Unless the Huskies are kidnapped and don’t show …definitely see them winning another title

      • Well, it’s now four titles in a row for the U Conn Huskies Women’s Basketball Team and the eleventh title overall for Geno Auriemma . On the other hand, we now have idiots comparing the coach’s accomplishments to those of John Wooden . There has to be a time , when these buffoons will actually come to their senses don’t you think ? Wooden coached Men’s Basketball and Auriemma coaches within the arena of the women’s game. No reason to start comparing apples to oranges at all .

        Geno Auriemma is a great coach , but I find him disingenuous . arrogant and a narcissist . He lacks class and even decency . I much prefer Pat Summit to Auriemma !

      • bklynboy59 says:

        Actually you raise a good point.Heno should be compared to someone like Pat Summitt, not John Wooden.

      • Yet I think Pat Summit has carried herself with more dignity and grace, even when in defeat ! Can you say the same thing about Geno Auriemma ?

      • bklynboy59 says:

        I don’t know when was the last time Geno lost LOL

      • It’s not even the losing , but Geno , Aurieamma has no class, and is often disrespectful of an opponent . Besides, do you honestly feel if he were coaching at the D1 Level of Men’s College Basketball, ,he would be able to achieve the same amount of success , much less this idiocy of some stating he should be in the NBA ?

      • bklynboy59 says:

        And you think he is any different from Jim Calhoun, Rick Pitino, John Calipari and a whole host of other coaches…Geno has a niche and he knows he wouldn’t have the same success if he went else where like mens division or the pros

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